Talk on Student-Centered Course Design in Digital Humanities Surveys for Undergrads (Matariki DH Colloquium)

I delivered this talk at the Matariki Digital Humanities Colloquium, 23-25 October 2016, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). Writing an “Introduction to Digital Humanities” Syllabus? You May Need to Screw Around, Too! Many a Digital Humanities syllabus begins with an essay by Stephen Ramsay called “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; or, What You Do With A Million Books.” I do this, too! The essay argues that we can study a culture with too many texts to read by “browsing” according to our interests and embracing serendipitous experiential learning, as if we’re wandering in the library stacks. Ramsay calls this “screwing around” or…

Featured in Library Exhibit “Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: Portraits of a Community of Practice”

An excerpt from my Winter syllabus appears in the library exhibit “Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: A Community of Practice.” The exhibit opened August 1 and ends today, so it’s the last day to visit these posters in the Baker Library workspace. I especially appreciate that I share this poster with my Neukom mentor at Dartmouth, Ivy Schweitzer, because together we have embraced this idea of a DH community of practice in our collaborations with each other as well as with the greater Dartmouth DH collective. Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: Portraits of a Community of Practice What is digital humanities? It is a community of practice at…

6/7 Workshop: “Wikipedagogy: Incorporating Wikipedia Editing into Your Teaching”

On Tuesday June 7, I am co-organizing, with Laura Braunstein, a one-day workshop on how to teach using Wikipedia. Our guest expert Amanda Rust, Assistant Director of the Digital Scholarship Group and Digital Humanities Librarian, Northeastern University, will lead the workshop. 9am-noon:  Introduction; theory and practice of Wikipedia editing (DCAL) Noon-1pm: Lunch (DCAL) 1-4pm: Hands-on editing practicum (Carson 61) Sign up using this link: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2594080 This workshop will introduce Wikipedia editing as a pedagogical practice that offers students the chance to participate in a live, collaborative, and globally relevant digital humanities project (en.Wikipedia.org and other Wikimedia projects) and to write and edit content…

RA Interviews: Experiential Learning and The Stainforth Project

Because I have been so lucky to employ fantastic researchers here at Dartmouth and at CU-Boulder to work on the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing, Dartmouth’s Digital Humanities librarians asked me to present on experiential learning in DH. As a doctoral student, I was also paid to work on a professor’s DH projects that were underway: Laura Mandell’s Poetess Archive and The Letters of Robert Bloomfield. While I can talk about being project director and setting up the infrastructure for experiential learning, details about the outcomes of experiential learning are best gleaned from our researchers, past and present, in their…

Developing Dartmouth’s First “Intro. to Digital Humanities” Course: Syllabi and Resources

This winter, I was selected to develop and teach Dartmouth College’s first undergraduate “Introduction to Digital Humanities” course, to be called “The Humanist in the Computer: Literature, Art, and Technology” (the course name was pre-selected). It will be offered by the Comparative Literature Department in 2016-17. I have been teaching English literature courses steeped in DH methodologies and practices since 2009, but this is my first opportunity to build and teach a DH course as such, and it will also be a milestone course for the college. I polled a number of DH colleagues on social media (Facebook and Twitter) who I know have…

“Markup Theory and Practice with the TEI in ENGL 53.06 ‘Women’s Literature and Technologies of Transmission,'” 12-1:30pm, 5/26/15, Baker-Berry Library (Dartmouth)

[This lecture was sponsored by the Dartmouth Center of Advancement in Learning (DCAL) in collaboration with Dartmouth’s Digital Humanities initiative. Thank you to organizers Laura Braunstein and Scott Millspaugh for the opportunity.] Opening exercise: You each have a picture in front of you as well as some markers. Circle or mark the things in that text that you think are the most important structural and thematic aspects of it. Indicate those features using markers or colored pencils on the printed image itself. Discuss with your neighbor. I’m going to show you how this is markup. Today’s introduction is meant to…

Better Answers: What are “Digital Humanities” and “Alt-Ac”?

Yesterday I presented on a panel in Katherine Eggert’s professionalization seminar for graduate students in English literature at CU-Boulder. I talked about my experience on the job market this past year and the steps that led to the postdoc position I will begin in the fall with Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science. On my handout, I mentioned “Digital Humanities” and “DH” a number of times as well as “alt-ac” to refer to a job I applied for and did not get — Director of the Albert Greenfield Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr. My presentation,…

Guest lecture, 1-27-14, “Digital Curation” grad seminar (Mél Hogan, JOUR6871)

I tailored this guest lecture about the Stainforth Library of Women Writers project for Mél Hogan’s graduate course in digital curation (JOUR6871). You will find my slides below. Students came from a variety of departments and, in this course, will build their own archives in WordPress. One important point I wanted to make was to convey the way that the Stainforth project thinks about the archive in contrast to the way traditional humanist scholarship makes use of archives. I also emphasized a theory of the digital archive as creating versions of and access to textual artifacts. During and following the…

Stainforth Library of Women Writers Exhibit at MLA 2014, in Inside Higher Ed

Here is a link to the digital exhibit I made for the recent presentation at MLA on Saturday, December 11, “Digital Humanities from the Ground Up” (session 528). Click on the image of our TOC to go there: The Stainforth exhibit at MLA appeared in an Inside Higher Ed article that covered recent Digital Humanities sessions at MLA14, held in Chicago this past weekend. Clearly, I should have tattooed our project URL to my right arm. Stainforth demo at MLA in Inside Higher Ed The article covers the diverse content and popularity of DH sessions at this year’s MLA, and…

Teaching with Technology Award Interview & Article

I am honored and excited to have been interviewed by CU-Boulder’s ASSETT (Arts and Sciences Support of Education through Technology) regarding my teaching with digital tools, for the student-initiated award I just received for teaching with technology. Though we, as teachers, know instinctively that the work we do makes an impact, we are not often recognized for that hard work, especially by our students. This award is really special to me and I’m grateful to be able to teach at CU-Boulder. Here’s the article — you can also read it on CU’s SPARC website. Text as Data: A Digital Humanist’s…